Bench spot for Beale

Date published: November 20 2014

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Australia coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his replacements for Saturday’s game against Ireland, with Kurtley Beale named in jersey 23.

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his replacements for Saturday’s game against Ireland, with Kurtley Beale named in jersey 23.

Beale joins Will Genia and Quade Cooper as lethal backline substitutes for the Dublin fixture.

James Hanson is the back-up hooker while Tetera Faulkner and Benn Robinson pip Ben Alexander to a spot in the 23, as does Will Skelton to James Horwill, with Jake Schatz offering back-row cover.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridriani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Luke Jones, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Benn Robinson, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Will Genia, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Kurtley Beale.

Date: Saturday, November 22
Kick-off: 16:30 GMT
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official: Eric Gauzins (France)
Timekeeper: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

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